Amerie - 1 Thing

02 November Critic Jonni 0 Comments

Amerie was a big hit a few years ago, maybe a few more. And this song is her biggest song in the UK, managing to get to number 4 on the chart. I have to admit, I hadn't heard this song until about a year ago when I went on holiday with Tink09 (who seems to introduce me to a load of songs, according to this blog), and she was singing along to this song, and I had never heard of it, but it's really became catchy and as soon as I heard the video being played on the music channels I couldn't help but watch it. It's one of those songs that will get stuck in your head all day, even if you know none of the lyrics the music behind is catchy enough to play again and again in your head. Amerie has a new album coming out next year, people thought she dwindled down and disappeared, but that's not the case, and I can see her doing really well since R&B is doing amazingly here in the UK, could this be the time for her to become big? Time will tell, but she does deserve it.

This song was written by Amerie, Rich Harrison and Stanley Walden. Rich has written for a lot of stars, but has mostly collaborated his writing with Amerie, but has got writing credits for Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland. Will Amerie and Rich join forces again for her new album? It's possible, and will a hit single like this one come out, I think so. We nearly didn't get this as a single, as the record label felt it was unfinished, but were unable to give details. Amerie and Rich Harrison then leaked the song onto radio stations across America, in an attempt to get it released, and it worked. Amerie became more known because of this hit single.

The song was remixed with a vocal performance by Eve, this is the song that people tend to listen to nowadays, and it is considered to be a collaboration. Amerie picked Eve to do the remix with because she feels that Eve is in a male dominant genre, full of all these male rappers, and that Eve, along with few other female rappers, show that anyone can do anything if they set their mind to it.

I actually like the music video, there is a lot going on, which accompanies to the amount of music behind Amerie's vocals. There's no narrative, but that's okay, and there are some cut-scenes of this hit movie "Hitch", as this song was a last-minute soundtrack from the song.

Amerie co-directed the music video, as she had the perfect idea for the video. She appears as a Go-go dancer and it works perfectly with this up-tempo chaotic song that is just right. I like some of the choreography, even though she isn't dancing all that much.

I love the start, the way she struts down the road, it's a strong and powerful walk, which suggests that the song is strong and powerful. I like the drums and all the other instruments behind her, and that red panelled wall is really interesting too.

There is so much going on in the video, it's hard to comment on it all, but I do like it lots. It seems there's not a lot I can comment on as the dancing and the performance is all we have, but the fast-paced song goes perfect and they've done really good editing. I just have to give it this rating, I just think it's lacking something, although what it is I don't know, maybe it's the narrative?